(You know you wanna be here right now...)
Kelly with his PRP in hand.
Kelly and I went to the East Coast Hawaii a few years back to celebrate a few big milestones. The East Coast Hawaii is Puerto Rico, which is a US territory and therefore you need no passports or change of currency upon arrival. It is easy breezy to get there...if you live on the East Coast. I have lots of family in Florida so it was a great excuse to go see Grandma whom I rarely get to see, and then move on to sun and fun and rainforest.
Before our trip we learned about a tropical drink famous in the Caribbean isles called the "Painkiller." But when we ordered one at the swim-up bar of our fabulous resort hotel, the bartender had no idea what it was! So my husband, the ex-bartender, guided him in making his first Painkiller and together the two morphed the recipe into the new "Puerto Rican Painkiller" still famous today at that resort (probably not, but I like to think it still gets made today for guests wanting a fun Caribbean beverage).
Puerto Rico is called the Rum Capital of the World and NOT just because the Bacardi distillery is perched there. If you ask a local, they'll point you to the lesser known rums like Don Q and Ron del Barrilito. Excellent rum! So if you go, you can't leave without packing out a few bottles of the good stuff, best for making this fabulous drink recipe:
Puerto Rican Painkiller
The key is making it in a mixer with ice 3/4 full.
One shot light rum (4 count)
Squirt of Coco Lopez
Glass half filled with pineapple juice
Top with 7-up
Shake and pour all contents (ice included) into a pounder. Enjoy!
Colorful buildings of Old San Juan
My little friend who surprised me with his forward advances.